Democracy & Nature, Vol. 9, No. 1
Derrida, Lyotard and the Orientations of a New Academic Responsibility
Peter Pericles Trifonas
Abstract: The paper examines the ethics of research and knowledge as it is constructed in the postmodern, technophilic university. It takes as its premise that the modern university is driven by research that is funded by external sources and therefore is directed or guided toward questions that arise outside of the university. Academic responsibility therefore must take into account not only the duty to questions of knowledge and truth but to the nature of who that knowledge will serve and how. The paper looks at these questions through the work of Jacques Derrida and Jean-Francois Lyotard to understand the ethical problems the question of research pose for educational institutions and those who live within their walls.